If you are looking for small bedroom ideas for boys, check out my son’s Star Wars bedroom makeover! $500, 5 weeks, and 5 DIY projects took this mismatched little boy’s room to a fresh and organized big kid’s room!
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Small Bedroom Ideas for Boys:
Star Wars Bedroom Makeover
Reveal week for the 555 Room Challenge is here! Just as a refresher, this challenge consisted of a 5 week timeline, a budget of $500, and had to include 5 DIY projects.
I started the challenge because of my popular “$500 Master Bedroom Makeover” that I completed for the One Room Challenge. People were intrigued about only spend $500! In fact, TODAY.com even interviewed me about the challenge! You can see
These past five weeks flew by (and so did the budget)! They started out slow, but things really got busy around mid-February with my son’s birthday and Valentine’s Day!
I’ve had trouble catching up ever since! I also keep coming up with new projects and ideas for my son’s room. There’s something about a kids’ room that makes me a little indecisive! Too many cool options!
Do you feel this too!?
That being said, I love how everything turned out! More importantly, so does my son! It turns out that my son has some really strong opinions!
I really struggle with letting my son make all of the choices in his room and wanting to decorate it how I like. I’m only human, and I’m a home decor and DIY blogger! I obviously enjoy decorating and getting creative. However, my taste and that of my five-year-old is quite different.
We had to compromise on things. I was really proud of us for working things out! This is what worked for our family. You do what works for yours!
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I’m not real big on themed rooms, so I was going for a subtle and classic Star Wars themed bedroom. I wanted the room to grow with him and be easily changed if his interests changed…ahem…now I like Fortnite not Star Wars type thing.
That’s another reason why sticking to a $500 budget is awesome! If your child’s interests change in a couple of years, you aren’t replacing thousands of dollars worth of stuff!
Before I show you the “Afters,” take a quick look at the “Befores!” His room was stuck between nursery decor and random things! It was a mixture of themes and had a major lack of storage! It needed book storage, clothing storage, toy storage to name a few.
Star Wars Boys Bedroom Ideas
By breaking the room into sections, I was able to address the function of each space while decorating it. It kept things manageable and prevented me from getting overwhelmed! I figured that I’d do the same when sharing the reveal!
1. The Bed
I found the perfect pillow at Home Goods, similar to THIS one. It pulled together the variations of blue in the design vision. I already had the throw blanket, and added it to the foot of his bed instead of the dark blue one to brighten the bedding. I can’t find the original, but here are some similar blankets!
Every Star Wars themed room needs a stormtrooper, and this room has several! My son got THIS stuffed stormtrooper for Christmas and he was a great addition to the bed. It adds a bit of whimsy and dimension to the bed.
Above his bed I hung THIS awesome stormtrooper print by an Etsy shop. They have a ton of cool prints from different movies. I really liked that they were minimalistic prints, and that the print was only $19.99! The frame is THIS Ikea frame that I stole from my daughter’s room!
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Because of the new location of my son’s bed, there is no room for a large or even medium side table. Not a problem! I used THIS stool that was already in his room! It was just the right size for a very small side table! There is just enough room for a drink and a book…and a wooden hand, of course.
Since there is no where to place a light next to his bed, I had to use a wall sconce. I had bought THIS black adjustable arm plug in wall sconce about two years ago! Yes, two years ago. That was when I started planning his big boy room!
I love the look of it in his room! The adjustable arm adds a little fun and industrial element. He loves being able to adjust it!
Not only are the cute, but they are useful too! He can move them around to play on his DIY Lego wall with a buddy or practice playing his keyboard! THIS Swiss cross pillow was from his nursery, and I was hoping to find a spot in his new room form it!
2. The Dresser
One of the most important things that was needed in my son’s room was more clothes storage! The kid was keeping his pants in a laundry basket!
Luckily I did not have to spend any money on the dresser. We had this dresser as part of a set that was my grandfather’s. My daughter has the low dresser in her room. I had both dressers painted with automotive paint when I was pregnant with my daughter.
I use the Ikea skubb drawer organizers to keep his clothes somewhat organized in his dresser. They really help to get more clothes in there!
The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars poster was another awesome print find! Again it was only $19.99! I used another Ikea frame from my daughter’s room to hold this poster. I wanted this poster above the dresser, because I knew it would break up the white wall and dresser. The dresser is painted white dove by Benjamin Moore.
Everything on top of the dresser we already had, except for the world globe planter. My cousin saw that I was using globes in Finn’s room and asked if I wanted to have this planter, because she was giving it away.
Yes, I do!!!
The “XO” printer’s letters I had gotten for my son’s nursery. I purposely placed them here, because it tied in the printer’s drawer color on the other side of the room.
We have several of these woven baskets with lids, because they are so useful! I have a couple from Serena & Lily, but I also found them at Home Goods for a third of the price! I already had them, but in case you are looking for a Serena & Lily dupe for WAY less, they originally cost $49.99 (large) and $24.99 (small).
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I purchased THESE woven blinds for my son’s room. We have variations of these blinds all over our house! I LOVE them because they are easy to semi-customize! As long as you have somewhat standard windows, you can have them cut to your width. Most of them come in three different lengths.
3. The Desk
My son plays a lot of Legos, and I was getting rid of the small table in his room, so I needed something to replace it. I wanted his room to grow with him as he gets older, so I decided to get a desk. However, his room is small and there aren’t many desks that fit in that area. I felt like a vertical desk would be the best bet!
I found THIS desk, which fit perfectly in the space and gave storage above. The white one was sold out, so I ended up buying the gray one and painting it! Thanks to Wagner, I was able to use my Flexio 3000 paint sprayer and spray tent to get a quick and smooth coverage. Read about it HERE!
I was able to decorate it with items that we already had! Like I mentioned above, I love using toys to decorate a kids’ space! His desk is full of meaningful and important treasures!
I really wanted to mix in the vintage picture of my dad, who my son is named after and the picture of my husband when he was a kid. Mixing the old with the new is my jam! The globes were the perfect shade of blue, so I mixed in a few of those as well!
This trash-picked bentwood chair has sat in my basement for two years! It got a little makeover by creating a “dip-dye” look on the legs. I love how it gives it a little modern twist to a vintage item!
The other piece of DIY art that I created was by using some blue watercolor paint and a traced drawing of BB8 that my son did! I got him this Star Wars color and trace book. He’s a bit of a perfectionist, so he liked being able to trace the picture of BB8 and have it come out so well!
The washi tape was a fun way to add some color and to hang some fun little art pieces! You can get it in so many different colors! I considered using it for my wall decals, but I changed my mind when I had everything else.
4. DIY Lego Storage
You can read all about my DIY Lego Storage Ideas in the post HERE! This Lego wall was so much fun to make and super easy to build! I used four of THESE Lego baseplates and THESE picture holder command hooks to adhere them to the wall. Then I framed the baseplates using leftover crown molding from our basement.
The printer’s drawer is from my grandfather’s print shop. I first saw this idea from a fellow blogger, Laura, from Craftivity Designs! The drawer fit perfectly in this spot! The printer’s drawer hung in my room when I was little, and I kept my miniature collection in it!
I was able to reuse the dresser topper changing tray from my son’s nursery dresser under his bed to give him more Lego storage! For close to a year, we’ve been using plastic containers similar to THESE small ones and a Lego baseplate in the tray. He can slide the Legos in and out so easily, and it’s super easy clean up even if he doesn’t put them back by color!
5. DIY Gallery Wall
One of my favorite Star Wars boys bedroom ideas is this DIY gallery wall! It is filled with some easy DIY art and simple updates to old pieces.
The DIY wall decals are what make the wall! I was deciding between buying THESE Swiss cross decals, but I figured that I could make them out of masking tape and spray paint! Both of those items were already in my house, so it was an easy decision to make! I cut the tape, painted the pieces, and then placed them on the wall one piece at a time forming a Swiss cross pattern.
This is definitely my favorite piece of DIY artwork in my son’s room! It was easy to make and once again FREE! I did have to buy the large Ikea frame. It was only $19.99! I wanted to have a large piece of wall art for the gallery wall because the space is so large, but also because I’m loving the look of oversized wall art these days! You can see my inspiration for some large art pieces in my post from WEEK 3!
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I’ll share a post on how I created all of the wall art, but you probably have most of the items in your home! Well, you might not have a Star Wars coloring book, but HERE is the one that we had. You can do this for any theme! I used my kids’ Crayola watercolors and started painting! I stuck to light blue, dark blue, black and gray when painting, and tried to create craters to make it look more realistic.
After painting the moon, I cut it out and pasted it onto a piece of white posterboard. Then, I photocopied some tie fighters from the Star Wars coloring book. I shrunk one and enlarged one to create a more three dimensional look. I cut them out and painted them with gray watercolor paint to soften their look. Finally, I glued them onto the moon and posterboard!
The other items in the gallery wall were either free or things I already had and updated. I spray painted THIS letter “F” that Finn had in his room already. It was navy blue, but I wanted it to match the other pieces. I had THIS Rustoleum spray chalk paint so I used it on the “F,” THIS old frame that I had, and the wall decals. Using the same color spray paint pulled all the pieces in the art gallery together for a cohesive look!
A couple of years ago, I bought THIS blue and gray striped watercolor print from Etsy. It has hung in our bathroom for two years, but with the recent small refresh of our bathroom, it just doesn’t go as well as it did. It turns out that it has the perfect colors for my son’s room! The print was below $10 and I had it printed at Staples as a color engineering print for a couple of dollars.
So there you have it! I hope you all love his room as much as we do! Now let’s see how I did on the budget!
Here’s the cost breakdown for this week:
TOTAL for 555 Room Challenge: $529.64
I’m a little over budget, and truthfully it happened when I was picking out the little accessories at the end! Technically I didn’t need to have the artists hand or the blue Tomorrowland pennant, but things like that just complete the space so well! The most important thing is to realize that there are so many ways you can update a room on a budget! You definitely need to use your DIY skills to make this happen when staying around a $500 budget, but it can be done!
Like I mentioned in my “$500 Master Bedroom Makeover” reveal, I tend to hang onto old things and trash pick new things. I might have more things to pick through when keeping my budget down, but there are so many places you can find inexpensive or free items! Facebook Marketplace, craigslist, and local Buy Nothing sites are a few places that you can look!
I hope you get some inspiration from this challenge, and be sure to check out the other bloggers who completed the challenge with me!